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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Thursday, November 5, 2020

my story revisted #64-our first walk to end alzheimers


9 years ago we did our first walk to end alzheimers in austin texas
our walk team was composed of family and friends and clinic employees and former patients and others who walked with us

my wife she and i picked the alzheimers walks to be one of the volunteer opportunities that we would support with our volunteering and financial support

that first walk was successful
we had a large group and were the largest team and raised the most money of any individual team that year in the austin walk to end alzheimers 

at this point 

i was a year into the adni2 study the alzheimers disease neuroimaging study 
i was on aricept now for about a year
i hadnt had my spinal tap yet or my amyvid pet scan that eventually solidified my diagnosis
i was staying busy working at the country n and hiking and doing a lot of volunteer work

i want to thank
 those of you that have walked with me at all of these walks
those who have given us emotional support
those who have done generous financial support
i want to honor these family members affected by this disease when they died
my mother nell
a former nurse
my younger brother joe
a retired fireman and a retired deputy sheriff
my father charles
a retired minister

each morning of the walk i awake early sit in my sitting spot by myself sometimes with the lights off to pause and think of each of them
yes i shed some tears
i get dressed in my alzhiemers walk shirt and walk to help end azheimers disease

now this year the walks are all going virtual
at 900am this weekend i will watch the virtual walk ceremony 
out the door my wife she and i will go to walk up to the beautiful grounds of the santa barbara mission where the promise garden will be with its alzheimers flowers spinning in the breeze

you can join us and walk where you live

you can also donate to our team the organicgreendoctor team at this link
you can find your local alzheimers walk to get involved

this is a picture of me doing an alzheimers presentation in the past and answering questions from the audience
im doing my part to help find a cure for this disease
well my wife she and i did two walks on saturday
the first was the walk to end alzheimers in austin
we did this one with my younger son
here is a picture of our group
the organicgreendoctor.com team

we had a successful walk

we had over 40 members walking
make that 43 if you count the babies that will be born
and 44 if you count stanley the dog
the youngest were a set of twins about 2 months old and
the oldest was well i better not tell who that was

we raised more than any other individual team
we had one of the larger individual teams
we had one of the largest amounts raised by an individual
we had a good time

the team was made up of my wife shes friends, my friends,
my former patients, my fellow former now employees, and
former fellow doctor, and of course stanley the dog of the
run afer the deer fame when he came to visit us at the
country n which took a few hours to locate him
he had a good time then and a good time saturday

we hope to have this and more success next year

my wife she and i have decided to have the alzheimers association
as our charity that we will support
it is a disease that affects everyone eventually

i wish to thank all of you for your financial support and for you
support of the fight against this devastating disease

here is what i think is the best picture from the walk
its bg and i
there is hope for the future


here below is the information on my team organicgreendoctor that will walk in this years santa barbara walk to end alzheimers on saturday november 7 2020
the opening ceremony will be virtual
so anyone can watch it online
each individual member will walk in their neighborhood or favorite hiking trail wearing their purple alzheimers shirts for the 2-3 mile walk 
this is the safest way to do the walk this year
please wear your mask and keep a good social distance from others
hopefully next year we can all be live

here is the link to our team
the organicgreendoctor team

donate and or join us that day
you can walk wherever you live

the organicgreendoctor

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